We are delighted to share our From the Archives: Art of Jazz Series Edition with you! The Art of Jazz is an annual performance series presented in collaboration with the Gibbes Museum and Charleston Jazz. Under normal circumstances, we would all be enjoying this series together again this summer live and in person, but unfortunately, we had to postpone the series to next summer due to COVID-19. Each month, we will release a full Art of Jazz performance on Facebook and YouTube.
During the final show of the 2nd Annual Art of Jazz Series, The Absolutes saxophonist Kevin Patton and pianist Maxx Bradley debuted eight original compositions inspired by artwork on exhibit at the Gibbes Museum as part of a quartet including Fisher Wilson (bass) and Miller Boone (drums). The Absolutes are former members of the College of Charleston Jazz Combo, which is under the direction of Robert Lewis.
Keep the Faith by Kevin Patton, Inspired from Ye Shall Inherit the Earth, 1953, By Charles Wilbert White (American, 1918 – 1979); Lithograph on paper; Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Monnie Singleton; 2006.004.0006.
Cupolas and Rooftops by Maxx Bradley, Inspired by Cupolas and Rooftops, ca. 1961, By Corrie McCallum (American, 1914 – 2009); Oil on metal; Transfer with the Mint Museum of art; 1999.003.
Rain in Charleston by Maxx Bradley, Inspired by Rain in Charleston, 1951, By Thomas Fransioli (American, 1906 – 1997); Oil on canvas; On loan courtesy of a Private Collection, USA.
Still Life with Fish by Maxx Bradley, Inspired by Still Life With Fish, 1903, By William Merritt Chase (American, 1849 – 1916); Oil on canvas; Gift of Anna Heyward Taylor; 1947.011.0001.
Changing Power by Maxx Bradley, Inspired by Changing Power, 2015, By Lonnie Holley (American, b. 1950); Power wire from Emanuel AME, broken lamp fixture, plastic tubing, hangers; Gift of Deborah Chalsty; 2015.006.
The Process by Kevin Patton, Inspired by Taking Seed-Rice Down to the Fields, ca. 1935, By Alice Ravenel Huger Smith (American, 1876 – 1958); Watercolor on paper; Gift of the artists; 1937.009.0011.
Sowing Seeds by Kevin Patton, Inspired by The Harvest Flow, ca. 1935, By Alice Ravenel Huger Smith (American, 1876 – 1958); Watercolor on paper; Gift of the Artists; 1937. 009.0015.
I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me by Kevin Patton, Inspired by The Plantation Church, ca. 1935, By Alice Ravenel Huger Smith (American, 1876 – 1958); Watercolor on paper; Gift of the artist; 1937.009.0004.
This series would not be possible without the support from our 2018 Art of Jazz Sponsors: Nancye B. Starnes, 5Church Charleston and Hyams Garden Center.